More than 80 children from across Northfield enjoyed meeting Santa and his elves at the weekend, as the town’s shopping centre transformed into a winter wonderland for the festive season.

On Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 November, parents and their children were invited to Northfield Shopping Centre to tell Santa what is on their Christmas list at the centre’s icy igloo, whilst helping to raise money for Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust’s Tiny Babies Big Appeal.

Adam Meade, Northfield Shopping Centre manager, said the opening of the grotto was a huge success. “We were so pleased to be able to bring Santa back to Northfield during December and it was a delight to see so many people enjoying the festive igloo,” he said. “It is amazing that 84 children came along during the grotto’s first weekend at the centre and we look forward to seeing even more youngsters visiting us up until Christmas Eve.”

The appeal, which funded the opening of the £7m Neonatal Unit at Birmingham Women’s Hospital in 2010, is dedicated to caring for sick and premature babies and is aiming to raise further funds for vital equipment and staff. “In the first weekend alone we managed to raise more than £300 for the appeal, which will go towards the charity purchasing electronic tablets for the clinic’s waiting room,” Adam added.

“We can’t wait to see even more families coming along to visit Santa and show their support for the Tiny Babies Big Appeal.”

Santa’s icy grotto will be open at Northfield from 11am to 4pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Christmas Eve.

* Until Saturday, 24 December, youngsters will be able to visit Santa between 11am and 4pm at Northfield Shopping Centre for £4, including a gift.

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